180 Websites in 180 Days: Reap the Benefits of One Artist’s Quest to Learn Code

July 24, 2013 | Andy Cush

Day 4: paint your own Mondrian. Day 29: a magic 8 ball. Day 31: an endless abyss of little loading screen widgets. Day 75: king of the comments! Day 114, yesterday: Image Palette, a super simple, super useful tool for determining the exact colors in any image on your computer, then using its RGB triplet or hexadecimal value to program a website.

When artist Jennifer Dewalt started all of this, she didn’t know a lick about programming. Settling on learning with the venerated JFDI method, Dewalt began teaching herself, with an ambitious goal in mind: she’d create 180 websites in 180 days. Today, she made that quest public with a blog post (including the nuts and bolts, like when she began to augment her HTML and CSS with Javascript and Rails), and a link on Hacker News. And the websites are fucking awesome.

In addition to the ones mentioned above, there’s also a way to sketch using check boxes, a fish that follows your mouse pointer, and a rain simulator that floods your screen. The first project was a simple game of chance that rewards you with one of the greatest videos on the internet when you win.

Go play with them all here, now.